Play is Work – by Doreen

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011  |  

 

 I attended a business presentation recently and the speaker quoted some statistics that made me sit up and take notice:

“45 % of all parents feel they don’t have time to play with their children” (IKEA)

“73% of all children think it’s more fun to play with their parents than watch TV”.

I often hear parents say that their kids watch too much television. Now you know that YOU are the secret weapon to get your kids active! As difficult as it might seem, make yourself drop the chores and play with your kids. Play a game, go for a walk, to the park, bike riding, do silly dancing to music, cook together, so many possibilities! Take time to be a kid again – with your kids.

Every time you stop to play with your kids you make memories, increase the bond between you, and increase their self-esteem. You demonstrate that they are important to you by making time for them. There is no more powerful message than your time and attention!

My own kids are grown now and some of the best memories they have are of the endless hours we spent playing together, and we did lots of it. I often had to swallow my guilt for not cooking a gourmet meal, for neglecting the laundry, or other household chores. My inclination is always to put work and chores first. But, somehow it did all get done despite me feeling like a slacker for going out to play.

As a Mom who is now looking back, I can tell you that you’ll never regret time spent playing with your children. You will NEVER say, “I should have done the chores instead”! So, for those type “A” personalities (of which I am one), remember that right now your work is play and don’t feel guilty. Go outside and have a good time!